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AG Horne, supporter to appear in court on civil charges

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PHOENIX -

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will head to court on Feb. 25th, but as a defendant.

Horne and Kathleen Winn will appear in the Office of Administrative Hearings to face a judge on civil charges.

They're accused of illegally funding some political television advertisements in 2010.

In question are the ads that targeted Horne's political opponent at the time, Democrat Felicia Rotellini.

"The chairman of the independent campaign, Kathleen Winn, ran the committee completely independently, she chose who to raise money from, she was the one who asked them for money, she was the one who chose the consultant, wrote the ad, all the things related to the ad she did," said Horne.

The FBI filed the complaint against Horne and Winn with the state and it eventually ended up on the County Attorney's desk.

"This isn't acceptable to me as a citizen of this state and this isn't acceptable to me in the capacity that I hold as the County Attorney," said Bill Montgomery.

Horne has defended himself saying Winn, the chairperson of the group, Business Leaders of Arizona, was solely responsible and spent $500,000 without any input from him.

"These charges were made by someone who was about to be fired," said Horne. "He knew that under the law if he made charges against us, it would have made it harder to fire him."

These hearings are expected to conclude by the end of the month.

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